Reflex Integration Exercise: Spinal Galant l Snow Angel l Bilateral Integration

Reflex Integration Exercise: Spinal Galant l Snow Angel l Bilateral Integration

What is Spinal Galant Reflex?

The Spinal Galant is a primary reflex pattern that is present at birth and integrates around 12  months of age.

  • The sensory stimuli: stroking the right or left side to the back  

  • The motor response: side flexion to the side the  back was stroked

When this reflex is not integrated problems and difficulties in child’s development will arise. Some signs and symptoms of retained Spinal Galant reflexes are as follows:

  • fidgety and inability to sit still

  • poor concentration

  • poor bladder control and/or bed-wetting

  • lack of motor coordination  

  • dislike and complaint when touched around waistline. Does not like when clothes feels tight by waistband.

  • bad and ineffective seated posture, maybe slouchy, and looks uncomfortable

  • may have awkward gate

  • if reflex is only retained on one side, it may cause scoliosis  

Exercises that can help integrate the Spinal Galant reflex, such as the Snow Angel can be used as a supplemental exercise.

Frequency: 5 x/week for about 3-4 weeks.

How to adapt the exercise? You can give physical cues until the child is able to move opposite arms and legs simultaneously and independently.

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